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Getting started with SPSS
Getting started with SPSS

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5 Obtaining descriptive statistics

Activity 4

Timing: 0 hours 20 minutes

This activity demonstrates how a simple dataset can be used to produce some basic statistics. You will see how the data from a simple experiment can be described in a number of different ways.

For example, you will be shown how to produce the following statistical results (as well as finding out what they mean):

  • N

  • Range

  • Minimum

  • Maximum

  • Mean

  • Standard deviation

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You can download this SPSS file from this tutorial here [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .